Storms cause damage in county

Paul Davis attaches plywood to what was his living room picture window Monday evening, about two hours after a hailstorm caused extensive damage to the exterior of the home on Monday. Paul and his wife, Pam, said they were thankful no one was hurt by the flying projectiles. See this and other photos at Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Round three arrives, be on the lookout for round 4 (anticipated for Friday). That's been a synopsis of the wicked area weather this past week in and around Humboldt County. After heavy rain and hail was reported in eastern Humboldt County/western Wright County late Monday afternoon, more rain and damaging winds and light hail were reported in the area Tuesday night, May 16. Another heavy thunderstorm rolled through the area Wednesday afternoon, May 17, shortly after 5 p.m.
There were reports of some structural damage to outbuildings around the county Tuesday night from shear winds clocking in at 70 miles per hour.
Some electrical service was interrupted by Tuesday night's storms. MidAmerican Energy reported 11,000 service customers in the Fort Dodge area without power Tuesday night. Electric customers in Ottosen reported losing power for four hours Tuesday evening from around 8 p.m. to midnight. Humboldt County was under a tornado watch late Wednesday afternoon.
In the "person can't get a break category," the Paul and Pam Davis farmstead in northeast Norway Township near the Wright County line, received hail damage to the south side of their home from the hailstorm back on March 6, and were hit again late Monday afternoon as hail damaged more siding, took out four windows on the north and west sides of their home and severely damaged two vehicles and totaled a motorhome. On Tuesday night, the couple lost a hog building on the farm. See more photos and read about Monday night's storm damage in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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